Carey to play in opening game of NAIA national basketball tournament

Carey to play in opening game of NAIA national basketball tournament
The William Carey University women's tennis team ranked sixth in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Top 25 poll released earlier this week.  (Photo source: WDAM archive)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The William Carey University Crusaders will be setting their alarm clocks for an early wake-up call when they arrive next week in Kansas City, Mo., for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' national basketball tournament.

The 10th-ranked Crusaders (25-5), who won the Southern States Athletic regular-season championship as well as the league's postseason tournament, will face Life University at 9 a.m. Wednesday at historic Memorial Auditorium. The contest will be the first game of the tourney.

Carey, which has won 17 of its last 19 games and nine in a row, will be making its 12th appearance on the national stage. The Crusaders have  been seeded third in the Liston Bracket, while the Eagles (20-11) are seeded sixth.

Carey has been paced by senior guard Troy Salvant, who was named SSAC Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the SSAC tournament, and senior point guard Jaylen Moore.

Salvant, who has hit 39.9 percent of his 3-point attempts, averages 16.6 points a game. Moore has averaged 15.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals a game.

The NAIA Network ( will broadcast 30 tournament games leading up to the March 20 championship game, which will be carried by ESPN3.

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